Nebraska State Climatologist Al Dutcher finds a lot to like about the weather the state's been getting.
Successive widespread storms are refilling parched soils beneath the surface of the ground. If the rains and snows continue, they'll push that subsoil water deep enough that it will seep into the subsurface water system.
In other words, aquifers, ponds, streams — the interconnected, but hidden from view, hydrological system — will regain health.
So far, the soil itself has been the primary beneficiary of the rain and snow. This restoration of the hydrological system is crucial for long-term recovery from the past two summers of extreme drought.
Rains and snows have provided the greatest amount of moisture to south-central and southeast Nebraska, but even western Nebraska received appreciable moisture for that semi-arid region:
“Overall, I couldn't be more pleased with the way this fall has progressed,” Dutcher said. “The next thing to look for: 'Is this a sign of things to come?'”
Dutcher said he has reason to hope that the next few weeks will bring continued rounds of storms to Nebraska and, if not, nearby.
Likewise, AccuWeather Inc., The World-Herald's private weather consultant, reports that the odds favor additional storms over the next several weeks.
According to AccuWeather, the jet stream could take on an exaggerated pattern that would bring more frequent storms into the continent from the Pacific Northwest, across the central and northern Rockies and then into the Plains and Upper Midwest.